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Activist Sues Nativist Leader for Defamation – Again

By Larry Keller on March 8, 2010 - 5:57 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

San Diego Minutemen leader Jeff Schwilk is the adult equivalent of a small child who burns his finger on a stove and – learning nothing from the experience – does it again.

Last May, Schwilk was ordered to pay $135,000 to Joanne Yoon, a Korean-American civil rights activist who had helped monitor Minutemen rallies for the ACLU. Yoon sued Schwilk and a former Minutemen spokesman for defamation after the men circulated photos of her accompanied by comments referring to “the Korean anoroxic ACLU slut.” The images were posted to a Yahoo group titled “Korean Kommie Kunt.”

Today, Yoon sued the perpetually peeved Schwilk again for defamation.

In December, Schwilk allegedly sent an email to about 1,000 people with a link to a website video, stating that it showed Yoon admitting she was a “prostitute” and a “hooker.” Just one problem, says Yoon’s attorney, Daniel Gilleon: That’s not Yoon in the video. Yoon’s new suit also names the San Diego Minutemen and 50 people as yet unidentified who allegedly aided and abetted in defaming her. She is asking for compensatory damages of 10 times the sum she was awarded last year, or $1.35 million, plus punitive damages. Schwilk didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

In the email he wrote, Schwilk asked, “Will she and her handlers ever stop harassing the San Diego Minutemen? They seem to have endless funds to attack us in our courts, much of it probably drug cartel money.”

Schwilk founded SDMM in 2005. It is one of the most hard-line of nativist extremist groups. Its members have called immigrants “wetbacks” and “putas” (whores, in Spanish) and have chased down and harassed employers who hire immigrant day laborers.

While not shy about speaking of undocumented Mexican immigrants in derogatory language, Schwilk implies in his biography on the SDMM website that he’s no racist. “He worked 3 ½ years in a car wash with hard working Mexicans in the early ‘80s,” it reads. “His best friend in school was half Mexican.” Schwilk also claims to speak some Korean — so if he wants to get burned again, maybe he will disparage Yoon in two languages.

  • Snorlax

    Some people never learn. Sue his racist group into bankruptcy.

    You know why they’re called Minutemen? Ask their wives and girlfriends (or boyfriends).

    They know. 8^)

  • Carter

    It’s really too bad that Jeff Schwilk doesn’t know the difference between debating politics and acting like child.
    Many good people died trying to keep Korea from becoming a totalitarian government. Many of the American people who fought for Korea remember how much the Korean people loved us and knew of our sacrifices. And unknown to this idiot Schwilk there is a great deal of love and respect between South Koreans and the USA.

    I suppose this child does not know how to have a civilized discussion or have respect for a woman. What a pity that his disgusting vindictiveness has to appear in public. It is to our shame!

    REGARDLESS of the politics of the ACLU, a MAN does not blather such garbage on a woman in public.
    I only hope that our friends overseas don’t think this child is representative of the Patriotic American.

    Many people do not understand what I am attempting to say. There is a comradely of soldiers that exists BEYOND politics. Many men & women have died doing what they believed what was in their national interest. They may have been lead astray by politicians in various wars. But that is NOT the point. Standing side by side with us, has been our allies. They have shed blood and died when we called. We did the same in the capacity of friendship and common struggle. And sometimes they were lead astray. But an ally is NOT someone who should ever be belittled by someone like Jeff Schwilk.
    If he has no respect for women, at very least he should have respect of a national friend.

    Most likely, few will understand what I am expressing. That may be the case; as experiences not shared are difficult to express on paper.
    As an American I apologize openly for this child’s remarks to women in general and to South Koreans in particular.

  • Mason Green

    Daemonesslisa: And yet, ironically, it’s right-wingers like Pat Robertson and Sean Hannity that continue to be the ACLU’s greatest detractors. Talk about biting the hand that feeds…

  • daemonesslisa

    Considering the kind of people that the ACLU -will- defend, I’m not really surprised. It seems like they don’t want to look like they’re “defending criminals”…but I guess it’s alleged street criminals they don’t want to defend, while gladly defending the rights of confirmed business criminals like Pat Robertson and Sean Hannity.

    It’s a mixed-bag when it comes to them.

    Anyway, sorry for sending it -completely- off topic.

  • Mason Green

    Jeff Schwilk really has his “pants on the ground”, as Gen. Larry Platt would say. Once again, he lets himself get caught lying. Some people never learn…

  • beholder

    I must say I’m a little disappointed with my local ACLU chapter. I called today about ICE stopping random Latinos in front of local commerce to check their ID for immigration status and the director had no interest in it. Real activism is very rare these days. But the ACLU does some good things about nativism, and in Arizona at least, the ACLU class action suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio is worthwhile. I just don’t think they have much interest in the topic at my local chapter. Could be my impression.

  • skinnyminny

    two thumbs up for Mrs. Yoon! I wish there was a way we could show support for her. Great job ACLU!